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Imagine running through unspoilt nature
Side by side with African wildlife

The trm Ultra Run

A challenging race off the beaten track with breath-taking scenery. Every stage of the race is different.

You will experience a true adventure in Entabeni National Park, South Africa. And by doing so you will be supporting local education and a rhino protection program.

You can chose between two race distances

265km

When
18 april 2019

What
265 km in 5 stages

Elevation gain/loss
4000m / -3500m

Average day temperature
18C° - 28C°


165km

When
20 april 2019

What
165km in 3 stages

Elevation gain/loss
3000m / -2800m

Average day temperature
18C° - 28C°


From April 20th the participants of both races
start together on the same race course.


Max entrances

100 in total
for both races 


Price
1750 euro
before 1st of November 2018

1950 euro
after 1st of November 2018


Race info & registration

Three top athletes will start in the first edition of the 265km BTX marathon in South Africa. These three athletes have won many prizes.

We are especially looking forward to see what the German Benedikt Hoffmann and the Frenchman Benoît Cori have up their sleeve, or do we have to fear another Kenian ... ?

In the women's group the focus is on Nathalie Mauclair, but Kenia will certainly do whatever it takes to keep up with her.

Of course we don't know how well prepared the rest of the athletes are for this unique race... Who knows ...

BreathTaking Adventure

Entabeni, at 22 000 hectares, is small by South African standards, but it is one with the most beautiful and varied nature. It is home to the Big 5 and now also to our races. 
 
You will be running among the wildlife across the savannah, through the bush, making your way along river-beds and climbing up and back down rocky plateaus. Five different ecosystems will be your race stages varying between 1500m and 2000m altitude above sea level.
 
Entabeni is perfect for a BreathTaking adventure.
You will use our custom-developed technology, called Green Zone, for following the race course which has no preplaced markings.
 
Each runner wears a display on their wrist, following a green arrow on the display’s screen. If the runner goes off course the arrow turns red, the alarm sounds, and our staff are automatically notified. Every runner is tracked at all times by the race staff using Green Zone, ensuring complete safety of all participants.
 
The technology is enabled with a personal alarm. Together with the highly-skilled rangers on the ground, the safety of all participants is ensured.
Entabeni means “place of the mountain”, and it is situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Waterberg Biosphere. 
 
Located approximately a four-hour drive north of Johannesburg, Entabeni is malaria-free and boasts five eco-systems. The higher part of the reserve, the plateau, consists of craggy rock formations and grasslands. Below the 600 metre-high rocky precipices of the plateau lies a warmer sandveld ecosystem interspersed with lush wetlands.
The reserve is home to a great diversity of wildlife, including the African Big 5 – elephants, lions, rhinos, leopard and buffalo. You can also see cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeest, zebras and leopards and several species of antelope.
 
In total there are 55 mammal species, 300 plants species, 380 bird species and many reptiles and amphibians. The lion is the top predator here.

You will be running for Rhino’s and for...

A part of your entrance fee will be donated to Ntolo Ya Lerato Rhino Orphanage and The Legend African Foundation. Both are located in Entabeni and that’s another reason why we have chosen Entabeni for our races.

Ntolo Ya Lerato Rhino Orphanage was the world’s first orphanage for rhino calves whose mothers have been killed by poachers. Your help will be greatly appreciated and is badly needed - rhinos are being wiped out by poachers for their horn, and we may lose rhinos completely very soon unless drastic changes are made.

Entabeni Safari Conservancy has played a pivotal role over the last few years in many conservation projects in the region - protecting, restoring and rehabilitating the reserve area and its wildlife species and fostering sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships with local communities.

Nature conservation in Africa and prevention of rhino extinction is now inseparable from economic realities - your participation in this race shall directly contribute to the process of conservation and sustainable development of the area.


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The trm Ultra Run Team

Organisation

Kurt Alderweireldt
Race director

Kurt, from Belgium, is a vastly experienced endurance athlete - as a triathlete his Ironman results earned him world championship qualifi-cations. As mountain biker he twice won Crocodile Trophy in Australia and he also has several wins and podiums in ultra-marathons around the world.  Now he uses his expertise as athlete and businessman to create his own, unique events.
Pavel Toropov
Technical advisor
 
Pavel, from United Kingdom, but long-term Chinese resident, is a professional in ultra-marathon organisation – his experience includes race design, course and race directorship, media work, and race promotion of endurance events both in his country of residence – China, and also abroad. In addition, Pavel is a former elite ultra-runner himself.
Andrea Ellesser
Public Relations
Marco Byleveld
Anton Van Graan
General Manager
Entabeni Safari Conservancy
Dimitri Stroinovsky
Camp Manager

Medic

Geert Meese
Geert MeeseRace medical director
Geert Vanherwegen
Geert VanherwegenRace doctor
Patricia Schellekens
Patricia SchellekensRace medic
Jan Alderweireldt
Jan AlderweireldtPhysiotherapist

Logistics

Charity Chironda
Charity ChirondaLodge manager
Misheck Gondwe
Misheck GondweLogistics manager
Noke Hermans
Noke HermansLogistics
Colleen Leo
Colleen LeoLogistics / Pre- and post-race tours
Meghann Leo
Meghann LeoLogistics & accommodation

Photography

Fabio Andrade
Fabio AndradeRace photographer